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Devanandan Memorial Oration and Launching of the new IChemC Website

Activity by N.M. Sanjaya Hettigedara   |   added on Aug 18, 2011   |   Sri Lanka Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Institute of Chemistry Ceylon

Dr. Devanandan was a world renowned scientist that Sri Lanka has ever produced. The event is held on the 9th of September 2011 at the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon (IChem C) Adamantane House, Rajagiriya to honour this great scientist of Sri Lanka.


Dr. Michael Angelo Vincent Devanandan graduated with a B.Sc (First Class Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Ceylon in 1947. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1951 for his contributions to the electrical double layer theory. He returned to the University of Ceylon in 1952 and continued his research in the field of Physical Chemistry. His research led to the refinement of the electrical double layer theory to the Devanandan triple layer theory. He produced 3 M.Scs and 10 Ph.Ds through his research.

He published about 80 research papers majority of which were in prestigeous international journals.For his authoritative contributions to the Physical Chemistry of Electrified Interfaces, Dr. Devandnan was awarded the D.Sc (cum laude) by the University of London in 1964.


Dr. M.A.V. Devanandan Memorial Lecture will be held on Friday the 9th September 2011 at 3.45 pm in the P P G L Siriwardene Auditorium at the Headquarters of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon. The lecture will be delivered by Dr.Samson Hettiarachchi, a former student of Dr. Davanandan who worked very closely with him.

Dr. Hettiarachchci is presently working as a Consultant for the Electrical Power Research Institute in the USA and Advanced Nuclear Technology International in Sweden.

The new IChem C website will be launched by Professor J N O Fernando, C.Chem, Hon. Rector/College of Chemical Sciences, Sri Lanka.

Topic: celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, publications, website Audience: students, professional chemists, women chemists, research scientists, post graduate students
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